Best Cities 2010: Anaheim, CA

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Best Cities 2010: Anaheim, CA

Anaheim is located in Orange County, which boasts 42 miles of coastline and endless opportunities for fun

City: Anaheim

State: California

Best Cities Overall Rank: 67

About Anaheim:

Anaheim is located in Orange County, which boasts 42 miles of coastline and endless opportunities for fun.  Spend a day golfing with an ocean view, visit a theme park or cheer on the Angels baseball team or the Anaheim Ducks hockey team.

Anaheim has a graduation rate of 90.3 percent and an overall health rank of 40 on our healthiest cities list. 

County: Orange

Population: 335,288

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Orange County Register 

Anaheim blogs:

Daytripping Mom

Babes in Disneyland

OC Mom’s Activity Guide

Anaheim‘s Facebook page: Follow Anaheim on Facebook 

Anaheim‘s Twitter page: Follow Anaheim on Twitter 


Education rank: 101

High School graduation rate 2008: 90.3%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 3

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.89

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 253

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 22.1

Total Expenditures Per Student: $10,123.5


Health rank: 98

Quality children’s hospitals: 0

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0

Quality Pediatricians: 3

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.89

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 2


Safety rank: 6

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1,312

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 391.30

Sex Offenders: 269

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 80.23


Economy rank: 74           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 26.8             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 12.4           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1085.15

Median Home Sale Price: $360,700                         

5-Year Home Value Index: -6.53%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 19.54%           


Recreation Rank:  98

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 698           

Parkland per 100,000: 208.18